Road to the Kentucky Derby

Posted: March 22, 2007

Hard Spun drew Post 10 and was made the 5-2 favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. "I'm not really concerned about the outside post as long as the track isn't showing a bias," trainer Larry Jones said yesterday. "At Turfway, with the synthetic track, it appears that post position is not that important."

Chelokee, trained by Michael Matz, will not run in the Lane's End and is expected to run in the $1 million Florida Derby on March 31. Ravel has been declared off the Derby trail because of an injury to his left front cannon bone. The Todd Pletcher trainee won last month's Sham Stakes and was expected to run in the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7.

Saturday at Turfway Park, Race 10, post 5:45 p.m. ESPN (5-6 p.m.) Grade II, 11/8 miles. All-weather track. All carry 121 pounds.

Post Horse          Trainer             Jockey                ML

1 Highest Degree    Ken McPeek      Alonso Quinonez      20-1

2 Starbase          D. Wayne Lukas   Terry Thompson       20-1

3 Sports Town       John Terranova    Shaun Bridgmohan    15-1

4 Approval Rating    Mark Casse         Patrick Husbands      30-1

5 Bullara             Todd Pletcher      John Velazquez       6-1

6 Forefathers       Nick Zito          Julien Leparoux      7-2

7 Twilight Meteor    Todd Pletcher      Edgar. Prado          4-1

8 Helios             Alan Klanfer         Channing Hill         50-1

9 Joe Got Even       Philip Sims         Miguel Mena          15-1

10 Hard Spun       Larry Jones         Mario   Pino             5-2

11 For You Reppo    Helen Pitts          Kent   Desormeaux    10-1

12 Sedgefield       Darrin Miller         Rafael Bejarano       6-1

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